Beirut. Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks on Thursday when addressing supporters of the resistance movement through a televised speech broadcast live by Al Manar TV from the Lebanese capital, Beirut
Sayyed Nasrallah said that on the Lebanese side the main objective of the campaign are deploying the army on the border with Syria and securing it. He added that the other objective is to determine the fate of Lebanese soldiers taken into captivity by ISIS terrorists in 2014.
The Hezbollah leader pointed out that Syria aims at liberating the outskirts of western Qalamoun from ISIS terrorists and eliminating their role as a threat and a danger and therefore securing the Damascus-Homs road, especially since ISIS is facing defeat in Deir ez-Zor.
Sayyed Nasrallah added that the Lebanese army has carried out an accurate and professional mission with the least human and material losses.
On the first day of the campaign, Hezbollah fighters liberated a 20 square kilometers in the Lebanese territories in Al-Hosn Castle, according to the Resistance leader who emphasized that 120 out of 140 square kilometers of the Lebanese territories have been liberated by the Lebanese army and Hezbollah.
ISIS terrorists confused
Sayyed Nasrallah said that the remaining ISIS terrorists are completely confused and desire to reach a deal to leave the area, but that ISIS central command is not concerned with letting its terrorists leave the Lebanese-Syrian outskirts peacefully due to its infamous immoral and hardline mentality.
US Embassy threatening Lebanese media
Touching on the stances by the US government, Sayyed Nasrallah said “The US Embassy has threatened Lebanese media outlets with sanctions similar to financial sanctions [on Hezbollah] for covering the Hezbollah-Nusra battle.”
Second Liberation of Lebanon
Sayyed Nasrallah concluded his speech by stressing that on May 25 Lebanon celebrates the anniversary of the first liberation, and that the date of the imminent victory over ISIS will become the anniversary of the second liberation.
“Finally, liberating all the borders and expelling terrorists after this is as important as the victory in the 2006 war with Israel,” the Hezbollah leader stated.
On August 19, Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an operation to purge ISIS from Qalamoun, located about 330 kilometers north of the Syrian capital Damascus.